Rethinking Governance: Lessons in collaboration from environmental policy

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Title Rethinking Governance: Lessons in collaboration from environmental policy
Author Howes, Michael James
Publication Title Australian Political Studies Association Conference. Proceedings
Editor Gillian Whitehouse
Year Published 2008
Place of publication Brisbane
Publisher School of Political Science & International Studies, University of Queensland
Abstract How can we make government work better? To say that Australia has a complicated system of government would be something of an understatement - there is a multitude of departments, agencies and authorities operating at the local, state and national level. Sometimes the functions of these organisations clash and sometimes they overlap - either option can generate major problems when delivering services. These problems were recognised by the 'Australian Governance' stream of the recently held Australia 2020 Summit. As the demands on the public sector grow, and as resources become increasingly stretched, there is a growing impetus to improve the situation. In the absence of a major restructuring of the whole federal system, one solution may be to encourage collaboration within and between different levels of government, particularly at the regional level. This paper outlines some of the key barriers to such collaboration that have been uncovered by the Engaged Government Project. It also offers some strategies for overcoming these barriers based on the author's research into environmental policy implementation across different jurisdictions under the Australian federal system. Overall it is argued that collaborative initiatives will mainly be useful when the issue to be addressed is given a sufficiently high priority, when it cuts across administrative jurisdictions, if it requires a multi-disciplinary approach, and when it requires more resources than can be provided by a single organisation. Further, collaborative projects that are undertaken will have the best chance of success if they are supported by adequate institutional communication, authority and resources.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Publisher URI http://www.polsis.uq.edu.au/apsa-2008-conference-homepage
Copyright Statement Copyright remains with the author 2008. The attached file is posted here with permission of the copyright owner for your personal use only. No further distribution permitted. For information about this conference please refer to the publisher's website or contact the author.
Conference name 2008 Australasian Political Science Association Annual Conference
Location Hilton Hotel, Brisbane
Date From 2008-07-06
Date To 2008-07-09
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/22581
Date Accessioned 2008-08-11
Language en_AU
Research Centre Urban Research Program
Faculty Faculty of Science, Environment, Engineering and Technology
Subject PRE2009-Public Policy
Publication Type Conference Publications (Full Written Paper - Refereed)
Publication Type Code e1

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